Arts in the Park schedule

2013-08-16T16:18:00Z Arts in the Park scheduleContributed by Mary Allen
August 16, 2013 4:18 pm  • 

LAPORTE | Only four more concerts remain in the 2013 season of Arts in the Park. Grab the kids, grandkids and friends and come out Wednesday to see the La Porte High School Marching Band & Color Guard. This is sure to be an extravaganza since the prestigious band consists of 90 members performing several popular songs as well as their 2013 competition program that includes the music of American composer Richard Danielpour, Chicago born composer Joseph Schwantner, and John Mackey, whose compositions are classical with an emphasis on wind.

The La Porte High School Marching Band is a voluntary extra-curricular organization and one of seven bands within the LPHS Band Program. Approximately half of the total band members at LPHS participate in the marching band.

The LPMB was a 1991, 2004, 2005 & 2007 State Finalist and has consistently received Gold Division ratings at both the Indiana State School Music Association District and Regional Marching Contests. The band has also won many caption awards including best music, marching, general effect, and color guard at various contests in the Midwest.

The band has been an Indiana State Finalist and a Finalist at Bands of America Regional Championship events.

In addition, LPMB was a band featured on television at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade, performed twice at the Florida Citrus Bowl Music Festival, and has been featured four times at Disney World.

The La Porte High School Marching Band is under the direction of Mickey Stisher. Assistant directors include Charles Steck, Matt Sullivan and Megan Sullivan.

Starting at 6:30 pm Wednesday activities include opening music by Patrick Watterson, the artwork of Peg Swanson and of Dave Russell, and a poetry reading by Leigh Morris. Morris will present the work of two-time La Porte County Poet Laureate Yvonne Elshout at 6:45. The LPHS Marching Band & Color Guard perform at 7:00 pm. Youth from area organizations will assist with concessions.

After the stirring Wednesday night perform, what could possibly follow? Me and the Boys, a local favorite, returns to Arts in the Park on Thursday thanks to co-sponsors JNR Senior Care Management and Seniors Helping Seniors.

Featuring the area’s finest and most experienced swing jazz musicians, Me and the Boys come together off stages from Chicago to Atlanta to salute the uniquely American optimism of the songwriters of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Mary Kay Steele does vocals, Peter Steele is on piano, John Trimmel plays trumpet, Jack Collins handles the bass, Norm Garbacik plays drums and vocals.

Me and the Boys will delight Arts in the Park attenders as accomplished song stylist Mary Kay Steele sings favorites like Stormy Weather, Orange Colored Sky, and You Belong to me. From Gershwin to Arlen, Miller to Ellington, Me and the Boys celebrates the music that captured the spirit of a changing America.

With only three concerts left in this season of Arts in the Park, you won’t want to miss Me and the Boys. The concert starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 to have plenty of time to explore the artwork of Peg Swanson and Dave Russell, get your cookies, popcorn and drinks at Poppin’ n the Park courtesy of Tri Kappa Associates. Then, settle onto your benches or lawn chairs and listen to Patrick Watterson’s pre-concert keyboard. At 6:45 you will hear the poetry of current La Porte County Poet Laureate, Julie Kessler.

For more information about Arts in the Park or to sponsor or donate using PayPal visit or contact co-directors Kitty Wolf or Lisa Smithson at 362-2558 or 363-9317. The Dennis Smith Amphitheater is located at Fox Park on Truesdell Avenue. Bring a jacket as the evening can be cool as the sun sets.

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